In Hamlin's Daytona win, J.D. Gibbs' presence is felt
The late president of Joe Gibbs Racing, who died five weeks ago at 49, discovered Hamlin and watched him rise to stardom.
Hamlin on J.D. Gibbs: 'He means everything to me'
Denny Hamlin praises his team for winning the Daytona 500, breaks down the final lap and opens up about J.D. Gibbs.
Hamlin wins second Daytona 500 in 4 years
Denny Hamlin won his second Daytona 500 in four years on Sunday, taking the checkered flag for Joe Gibbs Racing a month after Joe Gibbs' oldest son, J.D., died following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.
As the Cup Series descends on Atlanta Motor Speedway, Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin looks to win back-to-back races for the first time since 2012 (Bristol, Atlanta). The last driver to win two straight out of the gate was Matt Kenseth in 2009. Toyota has never opened a Cup season with two consecutive victories.
Kyle Busch is set to make his 500th career Cup Series start this weekend at Atlanta, where he gave Toyota its first victory in 2008. Busch, who has 51 Cup wins, will join brother Kurt, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman as the active full-time drivers with at least 500 starts. Of the four, only Johnson has more wins (83) -- in 116 more starts.